The clawback of the age allowance above the income limit of £22,900 (in 09/10) unfairly prejudices single pensioners. 

Why is this idea important?

My income this year will probably be modestly over £22,900 and therefore I suffer the clawback.  However, my neighbours are a couple of pensioners over 65.  We live in virtually identical houses and yet in effect they can earn £45,800 between them before they suffer the clawback.  £22,900 is not a large sum out of which to run a house as well as sustain my other living costs – I accept the fact that my neighbours also receive two state pensions but there seems to be no acknowledgment in this clawback rule of the fact that it is significantly cheaper per person to live as a couple than singly.   My concession on the council tax is 25% of the full cost, so nowhere near compensates for my pro rata higher living costs.

I believe this piece of tax legislation is an anomaly from the days before independent taxation of husband and wife and unfairly prejudices single pensioners.

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